How Every Ministry in the Church Can Be a Gospel Sharing Ministry

She had never lived in the United States before moving to our town to teach at the high school. She was unfamiliar with our culture. She knew no one. But when someone told her about our church, she was immediately interested in the choir because of her love for singing. Choir members befriended her. They …

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Why We Should See One Another “in Color”

As the American church continues to struggle with the issue of racial diversity, one popular catch-phrase suggests that the church should somehow become "color blind" -- ignore our differences and treat everyone in the same manner. While I most certainly affirm our need to love every person with His love, "color blindness" is not the …

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Weathering the Storms of Life – A Way to Minister to Your Community in Hurricane-Prone Regions

One night on a routine visit in a home, I asked a recent guest in our service “How did you decide to come visit our church?” “It was the magnet on the refrigerator,” she said. Immediately, I was moved beyond words. I never imagined the magnet would be a divine tool for life change! In …

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Relationships Matter

A pastor challenged me recently on whether it was true that new churches tended to engage more unchurched people than did older, established churches. In a study published two months ago, in fact, nearly half of the people attending new churches were non-attenders in the past. What was the most common pathway into the church? …

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What is the Great Commission?

Imagine that you are in a room with an Iranian Jew, a Pakistani Muslim, a Nigerian animist, a Tibetan monk, a Chicago-born African-American, and a businessman from Memphis. You are each in this room for your entire life, and you are the only Christian in the room. Who would you be most responsible to share …

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